External hdd under performing wtf?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Craigers, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. Craigers

    Craigers Guest

    I bought a ready made Western Digital external drive which was already
    partitioned as 114GB FAT32, and connect using 1394; works a treat and is
    now full.

    I next bought an ADS Tecnologies Pyro 1394 Drive kit and installed a
    Maxtor 120 GB drive into it. The jumper was set on 'Master.' It was then
    formatted as an NTFS partition.

    When attempting video capture I am informed by that software (Pinnacle
    8) the write portion is not fast enough¹.

    To check this out further, I attempted to move files from the HDD and
    it is _noticably_ slower; and if it's a (largish) video file, it will
    run but there is visible frame 'static.'.

    I have have switching both 1394 cable ports on the pc box, as well as
    daisy chaining into the other firewire device.

    All indications from the W2K Computer Management consloe indicate the
    device is working properly. Then why the slow speed?

    I have since reformatted a couple of times, but that doesn't seem to me
    the problem. I do not know if NTFS writes slower than FAT32; does it?

    1394 Adapter is a Linksys Model DFB-A5 USB 2.0/Firewire combo adapter,
    and it works ok with other devices.

    Any suggestions? Is there a way I can measure the transfer rate to see
    if it is performing as designed?

    I have conatacted WDS but it's only been a day and have little
    confidence they will respond.

    System:
    OS is Windows 2000 SP4, PIII 1,000GHz, 512MB RAM.

    --
    Craig

    1. The WD drive "reads 31222 kb/sec, writes 12041 kb/s"; the ADS "reads
    25973 kb/s, writes 1091 kb/s" and "...is not capable of capturing DV
    data." Ah.
     
    Craigers, Dec 3, 2003
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Craigers

    Brian Guest

    You may need to defragment your hard drive.

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Dec 4, 2003
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Pyro 1394 Drive kit and installed a

    The HD needs to be powered up about 10 times before it will run at full
    speed. At least that's what has been said around here.

    Craig H.
     
    HighPeaksVideo, Dec 4, 2003
    #3
  4. Craigers

    Craigers Guest

    HighPeaksVideo spake thusly:

    :>Pyro 1394 Drive kit and installed a
    :>Maxtor 120 GB drive into it. The jumper was set on 'Master.' It was then
    :>formatted as an NTFS partition.
    :>
    :>When attempting video capture I am informed by that software (Pinnacle
    :>8) the write portion is not fast enough¹.
    :
    :
    : The HD needs to be powered up about 10 times before it will run at full
    :speed. At least that's what has been said around here.
    :
    :Craig H.

    Interesting, but I reckon with the several formats I've done, it's
    surpassed that, but I'll give it a try.

    Thanks, hope it's the cure.

    Craig
     
    Craigers, Dec 4, 2003
    #4
  5. Craigers

    Craigers Guest

    Brian spake thusly:
    :You may need to defragment your hard drive.
    :
    :Regards Brian

    I'll try that out, thx.

    Craig
     
    Craigers, Dec 4, 2003
    #5
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.